There is a fundamental principle of law know as neglect. When disregard results in harm to others than one is culpable of neglect. If you were to inadvertently put poison into coffee and walked away and someone were to die from that poison you would be guilty of negligence. If you knew it was poison but had no premonition that someone would die, or did nothing to diminish the harm, then you would be guilty of manslaughter. If you knew it was poison and that someone would die then you would be guilty of murder.
What distinguishes AIDS from the other 399 blood disorders is that AIDS is a product of lifestyle and therefore preventable.
The "Don't ask ... Don't tell" politics of the 1980's and 90's was a form of legal neglect that caused suffering and mortality both within the high risk HIV community and amongst the general population. While the HIV epidemic should have been considered a public health issue, the politicization of the issue in the end saw many thousands die because of the undermining of the integrity of medical research and due to the breakdown in the safety of the blood supply administered both privately and by the Red Cross.
There are many approaches to medical crises, many models of human behaviour. Having seen the darker side of the AIDS activism movement, the author would rather see medical science left to do their job, and the integrity of the scientific process left free from politicization.
Let us be under no illusions regarding the context of what happened. Activism has more to do with power and politics than integrity and good will. It is not democracy: Activism is a calling prompted by social democratic ideology and not liberal democratic ideals, which ultimately means it rubs against the political grain of the English speaking world.
At the end of the day the AIDS activism movement appears to have caused more harm than good, and has affected more than just people with HIV.
This essay is written in the memory to Mr. Jim Park, catholic, husband, father, engineer, pillar of the Chinese Community in Vancouver and personal friend, a victim of tainted blood given him at a Hospital in Vancouver, BC.